Returning from an errand run to Napa Auto Parts on Monday morning, Gorden Flynn wasn’t surprised to see police at his friend Regina Long’s home on Kennebec Road in Machias.
He knew Long and her boyfriend had a fraught relationship, so he didn’t argue when an officer told him to move on. Then Flynn noticed that his dog Mercedes, a boxer and pitbull mix, didn’t greet him at the door when he got to his Kennebec Road home. Nor did his wife, who was supposed to be ready to go to a doctor’s appointment. Then he saw her lying awkwardly on her side on the bed in their living room, one shoe on and another half off.
Flynn was the first to discover that Jennifer Bryant Flynn was dead – one of four victims of a shooting spree in Machias and Jonesboro on Monday that also left Long wounded and 57-year-old Shawn Currey, Long’s boyfriend, and 33-year-old Samuel Powers of Jonesboro dead.
“I thought she was asleep,” the 47-year-old Flynn said Friday as he sat in his family’s house in Lubec, his head in his hands. “What I don’t understand is, why? Why would anybody do this? She was an innocent woman.”